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Cholesterol Number

To have a complete picture of your blood cholesterol levels, your doctor likely will order a complete blood cholesterol profile test:

  • Total Cholesterol
  • LDL Cholesterol (bad cholesterol)
  • HDL Cholesterol (good cholesterol)
  • Blood Triglycerides


If you are 20 or older, you should check your cholesterol level at least once every 5 years as a regular check-up. It's desirable to have your cholesterol numbers within the desirable range. Levels in between are considered borderline high.

 

 

Cholesterol Numbers / levels - Desirable

 

Total Cholesterol

< 200 mg/dL (5.2 mmol/L)

LDL Cholesterol < 100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L)
HDL Cholesterol > 40 mg/dL (1.0 mmol/L)

Triglycerides

 

< 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L)

 

Cholesterol Numbers / levels - High

 

Total Cholesterol < 240 mg/dL (6.2 mmol/L)
LDL Cholesterol < 160 mg/dL (4.1mmol/L)
HDL Cholesterol > 40 mg/dL (1.0 mmol/L)
Triglycerides < 200 mg/dL (2.3 mmol/L)